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A selection of independent hotels you'll love staying in

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Small independent hotels in Charentes - Dordogne - Aquitaine
Charentes, Dordogne and Aquitaine: Small hotels you'll enjoy staying in, and hotels to remember. A hand-picked selection of hotels, from simple two star hotels to four or five star hotels, all offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment.
All hotels listed are reasonably priced for hotels of their quality and in their area.
This page covers the area of southwestern France around the city of Bordeaux, including such areas as the Dordogne, western Gascony and the Charentes.
The iHi France independent hotel guide lists only independent small hotels, generally with no more than 40 rooms, and often far less; priority is given to hotels with character in town or country locations, and other independent hotels offering good value for money. All hotels listed are the subject of very favourable reviews, and are recommended by guests who have stayed in them.
IHi welcomes suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.
Map markers Other good value mid range hotels.
Good value for money - inexpensive hotel. Good or very good value upscale hotels 
Rural hotel - mid- range or economy   Location with more than one suggested hotel.
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Hotels in the Charentes, Dordogne,  & Aquitaine

Hotels in the Charentes

  • St Preuil, near Cognac (16 Charente)
     Le relais de Saint Preuil   *** €€€     
    Small, quality hotel on the edge of the vineyards, 20 minutes from Cognac. Outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, tennis court . 9 rooms, and a restaurant serving local produce. Free bicycle hire; Cognac distillery tours organised.
  • Jarnac Champagne (17 Charente Maritime)
     Hôtel le Relais    €  
    A small village hotel in a quiet location. Seven rooms; restaurant just across the road. Very friendly welcome, and good value for money. 17 km from A10 motorway
  • La Rochelle (17 Charente Maritime)
     Hotel Saint Nicolas  
    Located in the heart of the old town, close to the old port and in a quiet side street. The rooms are reasonably spacious though not vast, and the the hotel is very clean and welcoming. There is internal parking if reserved in advance.
  • Ile de Ré (17 Charente Maritime)
    Hotel La Marée  ***  
    Guests have little but praise for this independent three star hotel  with pool, beside the sea on the island of Ré. Clean rooms, friendly and attentive staff, good restaurant, good location, and much appreciated on account of its good value for money.
  • Trizay, near Rochefort (17 Charente Maritime)
    Silence hotel les Jardins du Lac ***    
    Three miles from Rochefort with its maritime museum and royal ropeworks, this hotel is a haven of peace, overlooking lakes. Simple but good sized and comfortable rooms, a good restaurant, and friendly and helpful staff.

Hotels in the Dordogne

  • Le Bugue, ( 24 Dordogne)
    The Logis le Cygne **  €  
    The "Swan inn" is a charming two-star hotel, beside the river Vezère in the village of  Le Bugue, a short distance from the river Dordogne and the prehistoric sites of the Dordogne. Eleven rooms, excellent restaurant with terrace; helpful staff -  the  manager speaks good English. ,
  • Near Aubeterre sur Dronne, ( 24 Dordogne)
    The Château Le Mas de Montet **** €€€   
    A beautiful typical Dordogne château, set in its own grounds, near the "most beautiful village" of Aubeterre sur Dronne. Ten rooms, restaurant, swimming pool. Friendly welcoming staff, beautiful gardens, restaurant using local produce.

  • Meyrals, ( 24 Dordogne)
    The Hotel de la Ferme Lamy ***  
    about 30 miles from Bergerac; 12-room three star hotel with a good restaurant offering local cuisine; heated outdoor pool, bar and air- conditioning. Located on a hill with views over the surrounding countryside. Very peaceful location near main Dordogne tourist attractions. 
  • Sorges  (24 Dordogne) :
    Logis Auberge de la Truffe  
    located in the world's truffles capital, this is a small attractive three star hotel with 23 rooms. Its restuarant offers superb cuisine, in the best Perigord style. There is a garden, a sauna and pool

Hotels in Bordeaux area and south

  • Bordeaux - centre  (33 Gironde) :
    Hotel Acanthe
    Two-star hotel near the river in the old part of Bordeaux, ideal for visitors without a car. Friendly welcome, good breakfasts. Rooms quite small, but for the price you can't expect big rooms in a city-centre location. Tram stop nearby.
  • Pauillac, near Bordeaux - (33 Gironde) :
    Hotel le Vignoble -
    *** Ideal base for discovering the  Bordeaux vineyards, this modern but traditional hotel with restaurant is quietly located beside the Gironde estaury at Pauillac, 50 km north of Bordeaux. This is the heart of the Médoc, the area where many of the finest wines are produced.
  • Saint Emilion - (33 Gironde) :
    Chateau Grand Barrail - €€€   
    **** Four-star château hôtel, surrounded by vineyards in the heart of the Saint Emilion wine area. Renovated in 2009. Restaurant, spa, fitness room, outdoor pool, grounds, close to historic St. Emilion, and a good base for exploring the area between Bordeaux and the Dordogne.
  • Biscarosse - (40 - Landes)
    Logis les Vagues
    - good clean ** hotel, with bikes for hire. In a quiet location in this small seaside resort in the heart of the Landes department, between the pine forests and the large sandy beaches, this 27 bedroom hotel gets lots of good reviews. Restaurant, landscaped gardens, minigolf, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Saint Cricq Chalosse  (40 Landes
    Hôtel la Petite Couronne      
        A small recently-built environmentally certified hotel with 10 clean spacious rooms,  standing in its own grounds in a rural location. Dutch owners. Outdoor pool, restaurants nearby. The hotel is located near Orthez, an hour from the coast and 40 minutes from the Pyrenees. Higly recommended. 

* Charentes and Vendée: a brief introduction

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Hôtels in the cities of Aquitaine and the Charentes

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Tourist information for the southwest of France
Aquitaine: guide to the region and its sites

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Tourist guide to France
Gites in Aquitaine and Charentes
B&B in the west of France
Gites in the Dordogne
Small campsites in southwest France
Car hire in France
French wine guide

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